The most abundant element on earth, iron played a key role in early human agricultural, military, and religious development, and in Africa, where smelting and forging can be traced back to the sixth century BC, it still forms an important part of indigenous culture in many Sub-Saharan countries.
It’s only late summer, but I believe we can already declare an award for bravest museum of the year: the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, DC.
How a prolific, polymathic artist and designer joined an eye for the sleek with a taste for the pastoral
The fascinating crime scene dioramas of Frances Glessner Lee.
The National Museum of African
American History and Culture reshapes our nation’s story one artifact at a time
from The Magazine ANTIQUES, November/December 2012 | The role of the Civil War in redefining America is well known. What is less well understood is the profound way in which the conflict changed American Art. Between 1859, when war was imminent, and the war’s end in 1865 writers and artists created their works surrounded by, and sometimes suffocated by, the impact of …
Last month the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Mars, Incorporated hosted a symposium dedicated to the history of chocolate and it caught our attention. We’re almost all familiar with products like M&M’s, but we were surprised to learn that Mars has been researching and making “historic” chocolate since 2006 through its historic division. The resulting line of American …